U Is for Undertow

U Is for Undertow

eBook - 2009
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C alling T is for Trespass taut, terrifying, transfixing and terrific, USA Today went on to ask, What does it take to write twenty novels about the same character and manage to create a fresh, genre-bending novel every time? It's a question worth pondering. Through twenty excursions into the dark side of the human soul, Sue Grafton has never written the same book twice. And so it is with this, her twenty-first. Once again, she breaks genre formulas, giving us a twisting, complex, surprise-filled, and totally satisfying thriller.
It's April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's thirty-eighth birthday, and she's alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he'd be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is twenty-seven, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared. A recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories. Sutton now believes he stumbled on her lonely burial when he was six years old. He wants Kinsey's help in locating the child's remains and finding the men who killed her. It's a long shot but he's willing to pay cash up front, and Kinsey agrees to give him one day. As her investigation unfolds, she discovers Michael Sutton has an uneasy relationship with the truth. In essence, he's the boy who cried wolf. Is his current story true or simply one more in a long line of fabrications?
Grafton moves the narrative between the eighties and the sixties, changing points of view, building multiple subplots, and creating memorable characters. Gradually, we see how they all connect. But at the beating center of the novel is Kinsey Millhone, sharp-tongued, observant, a loner-a heroine, said The New York Times Book Review, with foibles you can laugh at and faults you can forgive.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2009
ISBN: 9781101150320
9781101151617
Characteristics: 1 online resource ; 416 pages.
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prettiipreppii May 17, 2017

Was not my fav book or author.Too much of nothing to get to the end. Blah!!

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sheojuk
Jan 24, 2013

Was Sue Grafton always this bad a writer? Is it series fatigue? 25% repetition from earlier books, 10% gross anachronisms, turgid prose, hokey dialogue, predictable plot developments, improbable ending... yeesh.

I plan to skip the rest of the alphabet...

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jdhmsw
Jul 17, 2012

This easy page turner is a delight. Ms G's voice and pace have not deteriorated at all as she makes her way through the alphabet.

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blossom21
Jun 09, 2012

Having read all of Sue Grafton's book I was eager to read her latest and enjoyed it thoroughly as usual.Kinsey Millhone is unchanged and a lot of fun as usual.

btmslt Mar 06, 2012

Another good one from Grafton. This one is interesting because it weaves in and out of various decades to finally reach the end.

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gwendloyn
Sep 13, 2011

EXCELLENT book: As always, Sue Grafton keeps the reader on the edge, until the final words of the book to solve the mystery

joyhuebert Jun 10, 2011

I haven't read a Sue Grafton in a long time, and needed an escape so picked up U. I was surprised by how readable and competent this book was, and how enjoyable to drift along through an interesting, suspenseful story.

Krajzel May 13, 2011

one of Graftons better ones!! Kept the reader spellbound.

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sanderoo
Nov 01, 2010

Loved this book! The format keeps it interesting and fresh. I was so into this one that I actually made PB and pickle sandwiches for myself - and they taste great too!

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lisangus
Aug 03, 2010

One of her best...this series just keeps getting better.
Can't wait for "V"...

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